“THE FUTURE IS NOW” is what’s being said about Missy Franklin’s place in Team USA swimming. With Michael Phelps saying he’s competed in his last Olympics, people are already looking to Franklin. Standing beside her is Elizabeth Beisel, who won the bronze in the same event and will be competing along with her in the years to come. …and let’s not forget 15 year-old Katie Ledecky.
Winning gold in the 100-meter backstroke, Franklin’s performance was stunning. She also broke the world record, which was held by Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe wearing a now-banned bodysuit during the world championship in 2009 [Source: CBS News].
According to NBC’s Bob Costas, Franklin’s win also ended a 40-year drought for the U.S.A. in this event.
USA Today Sports did a unique profile of Missy Franklin, reporting that at the 2011 world championships, Michael Phelps said to Sports Illustrated, “She’s a stud.”
Now that’s equality, one competitor to another.
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This post has been updated.